OSDH encourages vaccinations as flu-related deaths spike; season total now at 22


The Oklahoma State Department of Health has reported nine new flu-related deaths across the state.

OSDH says 22 people have now died this flu season. Three of those deaths were reported in Tulsa County.

More than 1,000 people have been hospitalized for flu-related issues since Sept. 1, according to OSDH. More than a fifth of those were reported in the last week.

OSDH is encouraging people to get a vaccinated for the flu as it becomes more widespread. The agency says more than half of the hospitalizations have been for people older than 50 years old.

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